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Old 02-24-2010, 08:58 PM   #1
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...coming home and entering your garage to check on your most recent brew's fermentation status only to find that your failure to have a temp controller on your lagering fridge (because it had stayed at a consistant 33 for the last week) has resulted in a frozen and shattered carboy full of a five week old hellesbock that you took the time to do a triple decoction mash the results of which was one of the tastiest homebrews yet as sampled during the pre lagering hydrometer taste test. I believe I am currently at stage 2 (pain and guilt) of the grieving process. I'm not sure how much covering your cement floor with quality beer helps a house's resale value. It sure smells tasty!!


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Old 02-24-2010, 09:01 PM   #2
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Drink a home brew for a fallen friend!


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Old 02-24-2010, 09:02 PM   #3
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Well, so long as it stay frozen it should be easier to clean up.
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Old 02-24-2010, 09:53 PM   #4
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I think grieving stages III and IV are: post pics and wallow in community misery, respectively.
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Yes Pics Will Help With Grieving Process
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"Lessons learned" is a very important process to follow after something so heart-breaking as this!

Don't use glass.
Wire in a circuit that would prevent this from happening again. Let me know if you need help with this.
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"Lessons learned" is a very important process to follow after something so heart-breaking as this!

Don't use glass.
Solid copy on the lessons learned. Never trust a fridge with precious cargo unless you have a quality controller on it.

I never thought of using plastic. I guess I figured (with no justification) that glass was the better way to go. So plastic for lagering?
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Glass is fine if you have a good control scheme. Many have good luck with Better Bottles but I have no experience with them. I use 6 and 7 gallon plastic buckets (I have 8 of these or so), 1 glass carboy, 1 half barrel SS keg and a 14 gallon conical. I would say the conical is best but it doesn't fit in my fridge so I use the keg usually for lagering.
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Sorry for your loss, I am raising a pint for your loss.
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hmm... now the wife wants to know why I'm weeping on my keyboard..... Sorry about your loss.


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